The Jackson Museum tells a family’s unique story of three generations, and the private residence where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other world leaders lived while planning the historic Selma to Montgomery March. Dr. Sullivan Jackson, a dentist, and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, an educator, lived in the home for 50 years. More than 100 years after it was built the Jackson Museum continues to welcome all who seek peace and justice for the global house and so much more.
Built in 1912, the home served as a guest house for W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington who held “fireside chats” in the house regarding education, religion, the arts, community building and economic sustainability. Fifty years later the house gently sheltered Dr. King and many important world figures during America’s struggle for voting rights. The Jackson home is the only private residence in the world to welcome as guests the first two African-American Nobel Peace Prize recipients Dr. Ralph Bunche and Dr. King who stayed in the home and held private meetings regarding the historic Selma to Montgomery March.
Today, the Jackson Museum contains the Juanita Richardson Sherrod Solitude Art Collection, 1,800-piece Burwell rare book collection and the 2,000-piece Burwell-Dinkins rare music collection. The museum is currently listed on the World Monuments Watch List, National Historic Register, Alabama Register of History and Landmarks, National Park Service Selma to Montgomery Trail Site and the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.